Archives For Andre Iguodala
S. Curry (GSW): 22 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast, 5 stl
P. Antic (ATL): 16 pts, 7 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]
After the way the Hawks won against Cleveland, Charlotte, and Boston, they were bound to end up on the negative end of the luck meter at some point. Unfortunately for them, the luck swung hard the other way, as Atlanta surrendered a 15 point fourth quarter lead to the Warriors, losing on an Andre Iguodala 3-pointer at the buzzer. Golden State shot 6-for-27 (22.2%) on 3-pointers for the night, but they made three very important shots from behind the arc in the final period to steal the game from the Hawks.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Paul Millsap: Millsap had one of his roughest nights of the season, going 3-for-14 from the field. He couldn’t get any shots to drop, whether they be at the rim or open looks on his jumper. Despite his 11 rebounds, he still had trouble keeping Lee and Bogut off of the boards. 4/10
Jeff Teague: Jeff had five turnovers on the night, but none of those were his biggest mistake. With the Hawks up 99-96 late, Jeff went to the free throw line and subsequently only made one of his two free throws. The two free throws could have put the game out of reach for the Warriors. His 5-for-13 shooting night wasn’t very helpful, either. 5/10
Pero Antic:Pero had a much stronger game than Jeff in my opinion, but like Jeff, he also made a huge mistake late in the game. On Iguodala’s game-winning jumper, Pero helped in order to try and trap Steph Curry around mid-court. Apparently that was not the plan and its failure led to the Hawks losing. However, without Pero, it’s hard to say the Hawks are even in this game. 8/10
DeMarre Carroll: There were no turnovers from DeMarre Carroll tonight. I repeat, NO TURNOVERS! Now, he did have a couple of mistakes in transition (again), but other than that, he had a strong night. He helped force a lot of turnover, resulting in four steals for himself, and made several timely off ball cuts to get him 12 points on the night. Good to have DeMarre back after he sat out a couple of game due to his thumb injury. 7.5/10
Kyle Korver: Kyle made the Hawks’ first basket to extend the streak to 102 games, but that was about all he did. Klay Thompson, who Coach Budenholzer credited as an underrated defender before the game, kept close to Korver all night long. He result was a 2-for-7 shooting night, but he did have some nice passes to get him four assists (no turnovers) on the night. 7/10 Continue Reading…
So, there’s two free agents off the board.
Andre Iguodala signed with the Warriors today after Golden State was able to dump the salaries of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to Utah. The deal is for four years, $48 million.
USA Today’s Sam Amick has reported that Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets. Current details of a contract are unknown.
What does this mean for the Hawks? Well, their likely plan-B is off the table; the Hawks had been rumored to be in heavy pursuit of Iggy if they missed out on Howard and CP3. (which they now have) Free agents Al Jefferson, Tyreke Evans, JJ Redick, Tony Allen, and David West are also off the board now.
So, who’s left? Of course, the Hawks still have their own free agents to look at in Josh Smith, Devin Harris, Jeff Teague, and Zaza Pachulia, with Smoove likely being the best available of all options at this point. (even if Dwight hasn’t picked a team yet, he’s most likely not picking Atlanta) Nikola Pekovic is still out there, but I expect Minnesota to match any offer he gets, even if it does put them in the luxury tax.
Of course, a sign-and-trade with Houston to send Josh Smith to play with his best friend, Dwight, is still in play. In such a trade, the Hawks would likely get center Omer Asik and might have to take on Jeremy Lin.
Paul Millsap may now be one of the more intriguing options for the Hawks. Yes, Horford would still have to play center if Millsap was signed, but Millsap can rebound well and space the floor. His defense isn’t ideal, but it could work.
Andrei Kirilenko is also a feasible option right now, as is Corey Brewer. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, who are now likely to sign elsewhere because of Golden State’s new situation, could also be a fit with Mike Budenholzer’s vision of this team.
Players I would avoid like the plague: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and JJ Hickson. To be fair, Jennings and Ellis are players that could work in the right system, but I’m not a fan of their play styles. Hickson is a trainwreck; don’t even look into it, Danny.
The Hawks could have anywhere from $30-40 million in cap space this summer. While this class doesn’t exactly have the strength of the 2014 class (ahem, the LeBron class), there are some good pickups the Hawks could make to become a contender.
Here’s the top ten potential free agents in order of priority I would have if I was general manager Danny Ferry.
1. Chris Paul
In my opinion, the best free agent of the class by far. Paul finished third this season in win shares (per Basketball-Reference) and Player Efficiency Rating (PER), behind only LeBron and Kevin Durant in both. CP3’s season is already over after the Clippers lost to Memphis in the first round, which slightly piqued my interest in how available he may be to leave Los Angeles. However, I still believe that the Clippers are going to give him too much power in pure roster decisions and too much money for the Hawks to be able to match. Atlanta will be able to offer around four years, $80 million, which is almost $30 million less than what the Clippers can give. In the end, it will likely come down to which team Paul feels has a better chance at winning a title.
2. Dwight Howard
I don’t think there is a chance that Dwight comes to Atlanta, but Ferry might as well try, right? Despite playing all season with a myriad of injuries, Dwight still managed to average 17.1 points and a league-leading 12.4 rebounds per game. For the entire season, he wasn’t the defender that we all remember him being, but he did start to look like his former self towards the end of the year. The number one issue most Hawks fans would have with this would be Dwight’s enigmatic personality, but for me, it is more of an issue of cap space; the Hawks would likely have to re-sign Josh Smith to have Howard sign here, which would likely use all of the team’s cap. As strong as a Smith-Horford-Howard frontcourt would be, they would still need some money to fill out the roster with capable players in order to challenge Miami.
3. Andre Iguodala, ETO
Iggy has an opt-out with the Nuggets, which is something that most believe he will exercise; Continue Reading…